about dan

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My musical life has been an amazing adventure. I started playing classical doublebass (“upright” for you jazz fans) at nine. I also picked up the guitar and electric bass along the way.

After studying to be a classical bassist at Northwestern University and Mannes College of Music, I took a sharp left turn, and dove headfirst into the New York City music scene, playing for:

—Performances and recordings with musical greats like Gary Burton, Bruce Barth, Lenny Pickett, Makoto Ozone, Julie Andrews, Midori, Jackie Hoffman, Kristin Chenoweth, and more.

—Movie and TV soundtracks, including Oswald the Octopus for Nick Jr., Invisible Circus with Cameron Diaz, Layin’ Low with Jeremy Piven, and Happy Accidents with Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio.

—Albums, including How I Spent My Vacation with composer Evan Lurie, Putting It Together with Stephen Sondheim, and the soundtracks to Oswald and Happy Accidents.

—Musicals, including a dozen Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

—A tour of the U.S. with the musical Crazy for You, and Spain with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra.

I also played bass for parties and corporate events. In 2005, when a good bandleader friend left the business, he recommended me as a bandleader to his clients. I found I love presenting the world-class musicians I know to audiences of all kinds. And I discovered I have a knack for finding out exactly what clients need, and working out all the details with them, the venue and the musicians.

I’ve really enjoyed playing for great clients (like Saks Fifth Avenue, GQ magazine and many others) at great venues (like the Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and many others). And, as Sinatra said, “the best is yet to come!”